Rick Pluta

Managing Editor, Michigan Public Radio Network
Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder took his veto pen to a plan adopted by the Legislature to change how the state raises money for the Medicaid program


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Michigan is asking a federal appeals court to restore the state’s ban on people taking “selfies” with their ballots on Election Day and do it quickly. 


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Governor Rick Snyder faces a decision soon on whether to sign or veto a bill he doesn’t like.  It deals with how the state raises money for Medicaid. 


Unemployment
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Michigan’s monthly jobless rate has edged upward -- not because more people have lost jobs, but because more people are looking for work.  


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The Legislature is going to work on toughening standards for lead in drinking water, although finishing the job may have to wait until next year.


Fracking
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The campaign to outlaw fracking in Michigan is asking the state Court of Appeals to strike down a 180-day time limit on collecting petition signatures to put a question on the ballot. 


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A complaint filed in Ingham County calls for a grand jury investigation into Governor Rick Snyder’s spending on a legal defense team.  It accuses him of misconduct and abusing taxpayer dollars. 


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One day before the voter registration deadline in Michigan, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton says she’s going to spend the last month of the campaign delivering "a positive message."


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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will visit Michigan today for the first time since August. 


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Some Republicans are calling for Donald Trump to step aside as the Republican presidential nominee.  But that would not remove his name from the ballot in Michigan.  


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Some Democrats in the Legislature say a state health care fund for firefighters and other first responders should cover breast cancer treatments. 


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A plan will go ahead to let private and religious schools get taxpayer money for health and safety programs mandated by the state.  That’s after the Michigan Supreme Court declined to weigh in on the issue.


Detroit
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A federal appeals court says it’s too late to go back and rehash the “Grand Bargain” that allowed Detroit to emerge from bankruptcy two years ago. 


Voting Booths
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Some voters like to take “selfies” with their ballots on Election Day.  But, in Michigan, that’s against the law.

Flint
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It’s been a year since Governor Rick Snyder acknowledged Flint faces a drinking water crisis due to lead contamination.  Snyder updated reporters Wednesday on what’s gotten better and what hasn’t.


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Governor Rick Snyder’s administration and Republicans in the Legislature are at odds over how to pay for the Medicaid program.


Governor Rick Snyder is boosting the position of Michigan chief medical executive to his official inner circle.  The governor says he wants to streamline how critical public health information reaches him.  That was one of the problems identified by a task force that looked into how the Flint water crisis occurred.


Flint Water
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Flint could name its own experts to oversee the response to the city’s drinking water crisis under a bill just sent to the state Senate floor. 


Cannabis
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There will be new rules soon in Michigan governing how medical marijuana is grown, shared, and sold. 

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump kept a promise Wednesday to visit Flint.  But he was not greeted warmly in a city that’s struggling with a water crisis caused by government dysfunction. 


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There are now two desks on the floor of the state House draped with black ribbon and bedecked with flowers. 

Cannabis
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Medical marijuana clinics in Michigan would have to be licensed and pay sales taxes under bills adopted by the state Senate


Cash
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A lawsuit says Michigan is short-changing local governments $4 billion dollars a year.  If it succeeds, it would blow a giant hole in the state budget and send legislators and state budget officials scrambling to find a fix. 


Former President Bill Clinton was a crowd-stopper as he marched in Detroit’s Labor Day Parade on behalf of his wife’s presidential campaign.  The parade was often delayed as Clinton was stopped for selfies. 

Bill Schuette
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A legal drama over Michigan’s November election ballot could land next on the steps of the United States Supreme Court.  A federal appeals court has denied Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request for a review of the straight-ticket voting controversy.  


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